Concert memorial for teacher
ASHFORD School in East Hill is holding a memorial concert for the pianist and piano teacher Elize McBeath on Friday. Born in South Africa in 1938, Mrs McBeath began learning piano a few days after her 11th birthday. By the age of 16 she was winning national competitions, recording the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Johannesburg City Orchestra in 1954. Her performing career developed well until an accident in 1959 permanently injured her hand. But she refused to be defeated and within two years was playing again. After meeting her husband and eventually moving to London she built up a busy teaching schedule and found time for many of her other loves such as her many animals, ballroom dancing and cooking. When she died her husband wanted her large collection of piano music and books to go to a place where it would be used regularly. He sought the advice of Mrs Hosking, the wife of Ashford School’s former chair of governors, and the music was offered to the school’s music department. The department has now organised this memorial concert as a gesture of thanks, both to Mrs McBeath for her legacy and to her husband for passing it on. The concert is open to the public and starts at 7pm.